Well, Blow Me Down-Popeye is 90!

(Zentangle(R)-inspired background art by yours truly! Ag-ug-ug-ug-ug-ug!!!)

 Back in January, the very first anniversary celebration of the new year had happened, and cartoon lovers of all ages honored the 90th year of a very famous character; I have already covered Mickey Mouse last year…And wait, HIS birthday celebration is still going on?!
Anyway, the cartoon character who is turning 90 this time happens to be a sailor whose favorite food happens to be spinach-Yup, it is Popeye The Sailor! Popeye was created by Elzie Crisler Segar and made his very first appearance in a comic strip called “Thimble Theater” on January 17th, 1929, and in later years, the title would then be transformed into just plain Popeye.
An animator by the name of Max Fleischer would then adapt the comic strip into a series of theatrical cartoons called “Popeye the Sailor” for Paramount in 1933; Those cartoons would then go on to become to most popular ones in the 1930s, and both Fleischer and Paramount would continue production of those cartoons until a change would bring about in which Fleischer would leave and then Paramount would form its own cartoon studio, Famous Studios. Famous would close down operations in 1967.
Throughout those 9 decades, in addition to theatrical cartoons, Popeye would appear in a lot of advertisements, as well as comic books, video and arcade games, and television cartoons, as well as peripheral products that range from candy cigarettes to even spinach… (Alas, has one ever tried spinach-flavored bubble gum cigarettes?! BLEAH!!)
And yes, there was even a 1980 live-action film starring Robin Williams in the title role; Alas, the film achieved not very spectacular box office results.
Now, there happens to be a whole, entire backstory of that spinach-eating sailor, so may I suggest that you go to Wikipedia’s article about Popeye here; Meanwhile, there are, I think, a slew of DVDs to watch that feature this time-honored character, so may I suggest that you find some and honor Popeye’s 90th birthday by watching them!

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